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. >>> early surveys show a lift for mitt romney after what many say was a strong debate performance. a positively undecided voters shows romney won last night by a 2-1 margin. cbs reporter tara mergener has the latest from the white house. >> reporter: mitt romney set the debate tone early. >> under the president's policy middle income americans have been buried. >> reporter: energetic and agrees ever, romney slammed the president's economic record and laid out his own plan. >> there will be no cut that adds to the deficit. >> reporter: but the president repeatedly insisted that romney is calling for $8 trillion in tax cuts and spending that cannot be paid for without adding to the deficit or burdening more middle income americans. >> it's math. it's arithmetic. >> reporter: the president also criticized his opponent for not providing more details about wall street reform and healthcare. >> at some point, i think the american people have to ask themselves, is the reason that governor romney is keeping all these plans to replace secret because they're too good? >> reporter: privately
debates between mitt romney and president obama. tara mergener tells us both campaigns are now dialing down expectations. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney get their first chance to put their policies side by side this week. wednesday's debate at the university of denver will focus on domestic policy. >> what i am most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: a new poll shows 56% of registered voters think the president will win the match up. he tried to lower expectations at a rally on sunday. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who will have the best zinger and tut with most points on the board. governor romney is a good day bator. i am just. >> reporter: the president is staying in nevada to prepare for the debate and romney is heading to colorado today. new jersey chris christie said romney is capable of a good debate. >> this whole race will turn upsetdown come thursday morning. >> i don't think one event will make or break there campaign. >> reporter: romney is trailing in the
and mitt romney are back on the campaign trail this afternoon after their spirited debate last night. as cbs reporter danielle nottingham shows us, both sides are scrambling to find votes with less than 3 weeks until the election. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney head to separate corners of the country to campaign after one of the most combative presidential debates in memory. >> you will get your chance in a moment. i'll still speaking. >> i don't look at my pension. it's not as big as yours. >> reporter: the president and his republican challenger clashed on just about every issue invading each other's space and battling for a dwindling supply of uncommitted voters. >> not true, governor romney. >> so how much did you cut it by? >> not true. >> how much did you cut it. >> we have produced more oil. >> no. how much did you cut licenses and permits on federal land and federal waters? >> reporter: when the sparring was over, cbs news asked a group of about 500 uncommitted voters who won. 37% said the president. 30% said romney. and a third called it a tie. predictably, bot
intended to happen. >> republican presidential candidate mitt romney appeared in a tv ad for mourdock. a spokesman says mourdock's comments from last night do not reflect romney's views. >>> it is of course now the final stretch for both candidates. with just 13 days until the election, president obama and republican rival mitt romney are ramping up their campaigns in those battleground states. cbs reporter tara mergener shows us they are even turning to some celebrities now to help draw in the votes. >> reporter: president obama rallied supporters in iowa, the first stop in a campaign blitz. >> fly around campaign marathon extravaganza. we're going to pull an all- nighter. no sleep. >> reporter: he is covering more than 5,000 miles, the bi- state swing ends in florida. mitt romney is going to rallies in iowa and and other states. >> we don't have to settle. americans are tired of being tired. we can do better. >> reporter: polls show the race for the white house is too close to call and with less than two weeks until election day, the candidates know every vote counts. the election w
. the law takes effect january 1. >>> president obama and gop challenger mitt romney squaring off tonight in denver. it's the first of three presidential debates and as bigad shaban shows us, the focus tonight will be on the economy, healthcare and domestic issues. >> reporter: the stage is set for the first presidential debate. mitt romney trails in many battleground state polls and this is an opportunity for him to gain some ground. >> i think you're going to see the mitt romney that really cares about putting the american people back to work. i think that's the most important goal that the governor has. >> reporter: president obama will be pressing his own plan for the economy. but today he is facing new criticism over something he said in 2007. during a speech to a predominantly black audience, then senator obama implied the bush administration was withholding recovery money after hurricane katrina based on race. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where is your dollar? >> reporter: all major media outlets covered the speech at the time. >> i have to say i'm a little amazed that
: the president also added his own sesame street sarcasm after governor mitt romney said he promised cuts to unnecessary funding like pbs. >> finally somebody is cracking down on big bird. [ laughter ] >> elmo is -- has been seen in a white suburban, he's driving for the border! [ laughter ] >> oscar is hiding out in his trash can. we're cracking down on them. governor romney's plan is to let wall street run wild but he is going to bring the hammer down on sesame street. >> reporter: in san francisco, cate caugiran, cbs 5. >> the president's campaign rival mitt romney is in iowa this morning. the republican emphasized how his plan to cut taxes and create agricultural trade agreements would help american farmers. today's visit is part of a midwest push which will take him to ohio this afternoon. but before he hit the battleground states, the former governor ridiculed president obama's defense of sesame street. >> when the president took office 32 million people on food stamps. now there are 47 million people on food stamps. these are tough times with real serious issues. so you have to scr
. >>> the stage is set at hofstra university for the second presidential debate. president obama and mitt romney square off in a town hall-style event just three weeks before the election. cbs reporter randall pinkston has the story. >> reporter: the pressure is on presideni feel fabulous. look at this beautiful day. >> reporter: republican challenger mitt romney outperformed him in the first debate and reenergized his campaign. democrats expect a livelier president this time. >> he needs to be more energetic. >> reporter: romney will try to build on gains he made at that time first debate. his supporters are expecting him to deliver another strong performance. >> i think he has turned the election around after the first debate, and now he has to not sit on his lead, but just keep the momentum going. >> reporter: romney's surge has now spread to female voters. a new poll shows him just a point behind the president among likely women voters. tonight will include 80 randomly selected non committed voters. 11 of them will get to ask a question on foreign or domestic policy. >> both candidates have
for barack obama and mitt romney. just how quickly the two men went from trading jokes to trading barbs. >> and out of a coma back on her feet. now the girl who risked her life to attend school has a message for supporters. >>> mobile weather live today from the embarcadero. good afternoon, everyone. behind me here, plenty of gray skies. but i know i'm wearing white. there is a method to my madness. we'll talk about plus the day the rain returns as eyewitness news comes back right after this. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, laughs. but that was last night. cbs news reporter tara mergener with that brif moment of levity - and the >>> well, they got together shared a few laughs but that was last night. cbs news reporter tara mergener with the brief moment of levity and now the return to reality. >> reporter: president obama headed back to the campaign trail to rally supporters and try to sway undecided voters in virginia. he told the crowded george mason university his opponent has a problem with changing positions. >> we have to name this condition that he is going through. [ laughter ] >> i think -- i -
. >>> reporter: president obama and mitt romney take the stage in florida tonight to debate foreign policy. romney is expected to sharply criticize the president's response to the attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. >> it's the governor's greatest opportunity. he can show that there's a weakness in obama foreign policy and he can exploit that. >> reporter: the two candidates will also tackle questions on china, iran's nuclear ambitions and ending the war in afghanistan. campaign watchers usually give the advantage to the sitting president when debating international issues. president obama supporters say he has a strong record including the successful takedown of osama bin laden. >> i expect the president to be especially forceful since the topic of this debate is foreign policy. >> reporter: tonight's debate is crucial to both candidates. polls show a tightening race and that all of the season's debates are swaying voters. in the critical battleground state of ohio, a new cbs news quinnipiac university poll shows the president up five points 50-45 but romney has cut the
in del rey beach florida at a debate with mitt romney. >> during the debate he said he didn't want more troops in iraq. but he was caught on video saying it was unthinkable not to leave 20,000 troops in iraq. >> reporter: romney posed for pictures with police officers in florida this morning before heading to nevada and colorado. bows candidates are beginning an all-out blitz of key battleground states in the final two weeks of the campaign. during last night's foreign policy debate, the candidates clashed over military size and spending, russia and iran but answers drift back to the economy. >> america must be strong. america must lead. and for that to happen, we have to strengthen our economy here at home. you can't have 23 million people struggling to get a job. >> both at home and abroad he proposed wrong and reckless policies. >> reporter: when it was over a cbs news instant poll of uncommitted voters gave a clear victory to president obama, 53 to 23%. romney surprised some debate watchers when he didn't attack the president for his administration's handling on the deadly attack on
cate caugiran with more from the campaign trail. >> reporter: gop white house hopeful mitt romney is delivering a major foreign policy speech at virginia military institute. he says president obama makes foreign policy decisions based on game plank. he also questions the president's leadership on challenges in the middle east saying, i know the president hopes for a safer freer and more prosperous middle east ally with the united states. i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. polls show president obama still doing better than the challenger on national security and foreign policy. his campaign is already pushing back hard. this new ad mocks romney's july overseas trips and his response to the deadly attack on the embassy in libya. >> if this is how he handles the world now think what he might do as president. >> reporter: the president is at a star-studded fundraiser in hollywood last night, he made his first public comments about his debate performance. >> everybody here is incredible professionals. >> reporter: the president and mitt romney will face foreign policy quest
. >>> in campaign 2012, mitt romney is making a big push for ohio today. the republican challenger for the white house made stops in columbus and dayton today. romney is hoping his post debate momentum can help him win the swing state. >> i want you to go out there and find someone who voted for barack obama and get him to come join our team. >> we reinvented a dying auto industry that supports one in eight ohio jobs and has come roaring back to the top of the world. >> president obama reminded voters in ohio that he supported the auto industry bailout. the race is getting tighter in ohio. a new cnn poll shows obama leading romney 51-47%. the presidential candidates are answering our questions online on cbssf.com. they are tackling a different issue every day. today's topic, the urban agenda. how each candidate thinks his plan would help struggling cities. >>> the supreme court is revisiting affirmative action. the justices are hearing a case this could affect student admissions at colleges and universities all across the country. danielle nottingham has the latest. >> reporter: the supreme cour
to the debate, mitt romney's running mate has been trying to raise expectations for the current vice president. >> joe is one of the most experienced debaters we have in itics but the achilles' heel he has is president obama's record. >> reporter: the city of danville rolled out the welcome mat for the candidates bringing a big spotlight to this small college town. >> it's one thing to study politics and government in the classroom and it's another to see it from a front row seat. >> reporter: vice president joe been out of the public eyes reportedly fueling up on gatorade and animal crackers during his debate prem in his home state of delaware. a congressman stood in for paul ryan in biden's mock debate. former michigan governor olm had e jennifer job four years ago playing the part of sarah palin. >> big challenge for someone like joe biden who is so glib and so good at l people is delivering a message inside of a structured format. >> reporter: biden will be trying to stop the republican ticket's momentum coming out of the first presidential debate. a
problems, as well. >>> the first debate between mitt romney and barack obama is one day away. both candidates are behind closed doors getting ready. the outcome of the debates could help decide the election. but both campaigns are downplaying expectation. cbs reporter tara mergener has more from the white house. >> reporter: workers are setting the stage for wednesday night's presidential debate at the university of denver. both candidates are behind closed doors today getting ready. mitt romney is preparing in colorado and the latest polls show he is trailing the president in most swing states. >> we can do this. >> reporter: his running mate paul ryan is on a bus tour working to sway voters in iowa. >> our goal is to earn your support. we want to deserve this victory. >> reporter: vice president joe biden is in the battleground state of north carolina today while president obama studies for the debate in nevada. he is holding practice sessions with former presidential candidate john kerry, playing the part of mitt romney. on monday, the president called campaign volunteers and to
to the supreme court. >>> president obama and mitt romney will be together again tonight but it will be nothing like tuesday's debate. both men are actually attending the alfred e. smith memorial foundation dinner which raises money for needy children. mitt romney does not have campaign appearances scheduled today. the president was campaigning up in the granite state of new hampshire. >>> a big quake could strike anytime today and millions of californians took steps to be prepared for the next big one here in the bay area. cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran shows us the great shake-out at the california academy of science. >> reporter: experts say the bay area is due for another big one. and ready or not, we can all agree. >> earthquakes are kind of scary because like what happened when the fire started and everything so it's kind of scary. >> reporter: kinder scary is right especially living here in the bay area where you can never be too prepared. >> here in the bay area, we have several different faults, two very important ones, san andreas and hayward faults and they run right through san franci
edge in ohio but romney leads in other polls according to a new a.p. poll evening out the race when it comes to women. obama once held a 16-point advantage with women. now polls put romney on top with women voters. >> i voted for him in 2008 and i plan to stick with him in 2012 and i'll be voting for him and for vice president joe biden next month. >> former secretary of state colin powell says he is sticking with president obama in this year's' election. powell said on "cbs this morning" that the president got the u.s. out of iraq devised a plan for leaving afghanistan and did not get into any new wars. the retired general also praised mr. obama's performance on the economy saying, quote, we're gaining altitude. >>> rear in the final stages of a statewide argument over -- we're in the final stages of a statewide argument over school funding. prop 30 would raise taxes for education but passage is far from assured. cbs 5 reporter anne makovec has more on what's at stake. >> reporter: in fact, the support for prop 30 has been waning over the past month. in the end, if californians don
, they are in the path of this storm. hurricane sandy altered romney's plan and canceled events in virginia sunday. >> let's today, when we get home, put in our prayers the people who are in the east coast in the wake of this big storm that's coming. let's not forget the fellow americans of ours. >> they will be collecting flies in the campaign offices and donating buss to help deliver those items. >> on the eastern coast of our nation, a lot of people are enduring very difficult times, and our hearts and our prayers go to them. >> both campaigns are using twitter and facebook to urge supporters to donate to the red cross. >> four very critical election states, north carolina, virginia, ohio, and way up in new hampshire are all effected by the storms so you can bet those presidents there been paying very close attention to how the president handles the situation and what mr. romney does as well. >>> it's so sad. when we come back, he may be the saddest baseball fan out there. what got this guy in tears right before bed? you don't want to miss this video. it's coming up next. if you have a consumer
. >> reporter: ryan will join mitt romney later today on the campaign trail. the republican nominee praised his running mate's debate performance during a rally in virginia. >> he laid out our five-point plan to get this economy going and the other candidate of course just attacked. but the american people are looking for answers not attacks. >> this is not what a real recovery looks like. >> reporter: as the two men discussed domestic and foreign policy, the current vice president was on the offense. >> that's malarkey. >> reporter: he interrupted ryan and talked directly into the camera several times. >> folks, use your common sense. who do you trust on this? >> reporter: president obama says he is proud of his running mate's debate performance. today, the president is at the white house preparing for his next debate against mitt romney. in a cbs news poll of uncommitted voters taken right after the debate, 50% thought vice president biden won. >> these guys bet against america all the time. >> reporter: or polls gave ryan the edge. >> this is what politicians do when they don't have a record
focused on debate prep while mitt romney is preparing for a much more aggressive opponent. >>> president obama is going to come out swinging. i think he's going to have to compensate for a debate. >> the university is hosting tomorrow night's debate. remember you can watch it live at 6:00 right here on cbs 5. for more political coverage check out our forum. every day the candidates weigh- in on a different issue. >> the 14 year old pakistan girl shot in the head just landed in england today for extensive medical treatment. the cbs reporter on the young activist's bravery and her long road to recovery. >> medical teams air lifted her from pakistan to a hospital in england. the 14 year old activist will get specialized care to recover from the brutal attacks she survived last week. >> shoulder to shoulder with the people of pakistan in fighting terrorism and trying to ensure that young people have a proper education and in supporting her. >>> a gunman fired and hit her on the head as she road home on her school bus. they say damaged bones need to be repaired and replaced. she was able to m
. >> reporter: campaigning in virginia, gop white house hopeful mitt romney dismissed the unemployment rate falling below 8%. >> the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: economists say unemployment fell in part because more people have landed part-time work. that's what keenan han does. >> if i can get six months ahead, i can go back to montana. >> reporter: there is one more jobs report before election day. tara mergener, cbs news, the white house. >>> a moraga teen's quest to become an eagle scout is over since he told family, friends and a boy scouts counselor that he is gay. ryan is a high school senior who completed his final project just last month. it was an anti-bullying wall he helped kids create at his old middle school in moraga but his troop won't sign off on his eagle badge. >> this was an opportunity for our students to participate in the making of a permanent mural that would promote that idea of tolerance and acceptance for all our students. each tile has a different message ab
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